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The 2016 Hodson Alumni Award and Graduate Student Recognition Event will be held in Mid-late May this year (TBD).  Please watch this site and Alumni postings for the final date. We hope that you can join us this year!

Hodson Alumni Award

Hodson HeadshotThe Hodson Graduate Alumni Award in the Department of Entomology, College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences at the University of Minnesota was established in 1998 in memory of Dr. Alexander C. Hodson, Department Head from 1960-1974. This Award is intended to recognize and honor an outstanding alumna or alumnus of the Department of Entomology. The Award is presented annually during the Department’s Honors Day, which pays tribute to the achievements of students in the Entomology Graduate Program.

Dr. Hodson was born in Reading, Massachusetts and attended the University of Massachusetts (B.S. 1928). He then attended the University of Minnesota (M.A. 1931 and Ph.D. 1935). During the summer of 1930, he studied marine ecology at the University of Washington’s Puget Sound Biological Station, an experience that had a profound influence upon his later career. He studied and worked as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Minnesota, and later became an Instructor in the Departments of Zoology, and Entomology and Economic Zoology. Dr. Hodson moved through academic ranks to Professor and finally to Head of the Department in 1960. In 1962, he was instrumental in changing the Department’s name to Entomology, Fisheries, and Wildlife. In 1974, at the age of 68, he retired. Dr. Hodson passed away March 13, 1996 at the age of 89.

We are accepting nominations for the 2016 award now through February 15, 2016. PDF icon Call for Nominations

Recent Recipient Seminars

Frank Shotkoski, Ph.D. (2015): " The Biotech Industry and its Global Application in Agriculture: Such a Bright Future"

Deb McCullough, Ph.D. (2014): "Invasive Forest Pests - Who, What, Where, and the Toll They Take"

Eric Mussen, Ph.D. (2013): "Reflections on my career in Entomology"

Abdelaziz ("Aziz") Lagnaoui, Ph.D. (2012): "IPM: Challenges and Opportunities in Developing Countries - A World Bank Perspective"

Complete list of Hodson Alumni Award Winners

Year Awardee Degree(s) Advisor(s)
2016 Karl Kjer M.S. 1988                                                                  Ph.D 1992 Ann Fallon
2015 Frank Shotkoski Ph.D. 1992 Ann Fallon
2014 Deborah McCullough Ph.D., 1990 Herb Kulman
2013 Eric Mussen M.S. 1969
Ph.D., 1975
H.C. Chiang, Basil Furgala
2012 Abdelaziz "Aziz" Lagnaoui M.S,. 1990
Ph.D., 1991
Edward B. Radcliffe
2011 Dale Clayton M.S., 1983 Roger Price
2010 Bhadriraju “Subi” Subramanyam M.S., 1984
Ph.D.,1988
M.S. - Laurence Cutkomp
Ph.D. - Philip K. Harein
2009 Sujaya Rao Ph.D., 1991 Richard Jones
2008 John Witter Ph.D., 1971 Herb Kulman
2007 Whitney Cranshaw M.S., 1979
Ph.D., 1981
Edward B. Radcliffe
2006 Kyung Saeng Boo Ph.D., 1973 Edwin F. Cook
2005 Ronald Hellenthal Ph.D., 1977 Edwin F. Cook
2004 William J. Mattson Ph.D., 1972 Herbert Kulman
2003 K. C. Kim Ph.D., 1964 Edwin F. Cook
2002 Gerrit Cuperus Ph.D., 1982 Edward B. Radcliffe
2001 Frederick W. Stehr Ph.D., 1964 Edwin F. Cook
2000 H. C. Chiang Ph.D., 1948 Alexander C. Hodson
1999 Morris Rockstein Ph.D., 1948 Alexander C. Hodson
1998 Robert Pfadt Ph.D., 1948 Alexander C. Hodson